Indiana University announced today that it is postponing the spring graduation ceremonies at all of its campuses.
“Current guidance from the CDC, restrictions on large gatherings, and our own focus on health and safety make it impossible to hold these cherished traditional events as scheduled. I am taking this action now so you can adjust any commencement travel plans given the COVID-19 pandemic,” says IU president Michael A. McRobbie.
The university says that it is still awarding degrees when they are earned. The postponement of the graduation ceremonies does not in any way affect the timing of degree conferral.
“I know that our students are working incredibly hard to reach this milestone, and those who earn an IU degree deserve to be celebrated with their friends, professors, families, and loved ones,” McRobbie added. “We are especially saddened to have to postpone this year’s ceremonies, as these students will be the Bicentennial Graduating Class and the first in IU’s third century.”
The university says that it will allow all IU students impacted to participate in a future commencement ceremony. In the meantime, the school is focused on the health and safety of students, faculty, staff, and guests.
Check the IU website for all updates and additional information at coronavirus.iu.edu.